The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship (O'Bannon Sisters #1)
But working alongside her family every day at their bakery isn't as easy as whipping up her favorite chocolate peanut butter cake. Her mother won't give her a moment's peace, ...more
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by Shirley Jump (Goodreads Author)
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Bridget O'Bannon is ready for a ...more
Format: Print book
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Availability: 15 copies available, 592 people requesting
Giveaway dates: Jul 17 - Jul 31, 2017
Countries available: US and CA
Genre: Women's Fiction
The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship is a fantastic novel about a woman who is forced to find herself again. All in all, I loved reading this book. It's a breath of fresh air and made me feel good once it concluded. Shirley Jump is a new author to me so of course I had no idea what to expect in terms of how she tells her stories and how relatable her characters are. So imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to have found that her writing ...more
"As one new family had formed, another family has shattered, the sisters scattering to the winds for years...."
The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship is an exploration of one family's path to forgiveness, self-discovery, acceptance, and growth.
The characters are so intricately woven, they come to life. They could be your sister, your aunt, your mother... you! While Bridget is our "main" character this book is not only about her. We're introduce ...more
Except the bakery does exist for over three hundred luscious pages in which we learn to love and relate to this family filled with secrets and heartache.
Bridget O’Bannon, the main character, loses her husband Jim ...more
Bridget is in mourning but what is she really mourning. To me she is mourning the blinders that she now has to take off. Her life wasn’t perfect and now it is crashing down. She now needs to learn to live. To be. This story is hers in a way but also her whole family’s. To me the book is the beginning. The beginning journey for the f ...more
Bridget decides to start working at her family's bakery again figuring it will help her cope with her husbands untimely death. There she works with her sister Nora and her mom, her sister Abby is estranged from the family, and her youngest sister Magpie is in and out of the story because she travels for work.
There is so much tension is this family y ...more
Her mother doesn't really give the girls a moments peace so working alongside with her sisters & mother in their family bakery makes for long days.
During an outing she meets the very nice widower Garrett. He also helps her ...more
Bridget O'Bannon has just lost her husband to a tragic accident and all she wants to do is curl up into a ball and let the world just pass her by, but the family she left behind at her wedding won't let her. Secrets, grief, love...all parts of the wonderful story. I really felt that these characters were real people. Real people trying to cope and move closer together, in spite of the pain. That family means everything..no matter what.
I was moved and sad to see this story end. It was a s ...more
July 11th...Release Date-
Truly moving book:
After losing her husband Bridget O'Bannon meets Garrett Andrews who teaches her it's ok let yourself love again.
He knew exactly how she felt. He had gone through the same thing.
Bridget was lost and no one understood what she was going through.
After her marriage a rift pulled them apart. A fiasco on the day she married her husband.
Her sisters Nora, Maggie, and Abby all worked together at there family owned B ...more
Four ingredients in Shirley Jump’s new book THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.
When you can laugh, cry, cringe, and cheer at a book’s story line and its characters, you know you’ve read something that will stay with you for a long, long while. The O’Bannon family reminded me so much of my own crazy Irish/Catholic family that at times I felt like I was reading a diary from my teen years.
30 year old Bridgit O’Bannon has just become a widow – much like her mother ...more
The story-line centers around Bridget and her dysfunctional family that has become alienated over the past five years or so. Many secrets, judgmental and controlling attitudes have contributed ...more
I was instantly hooked by Jump and her superb writing style.
In a few ways, this novel hits home for me. Bridget, the main character, is forced to find herself after her husband dies. She's forced to because she was suppressed by Jim and his lies, forced to because she isolated herself from her family and friends, and is forced to come to terms that her life was ending in shambles, and she needed to be the one to ...more
Thank you to NetGalley.com for the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
I devoured this book. Seriously – I could not stop reading it because I was enthralled with the realness of the grieving process, the sisters, the family, Jim. Everything. I am so excited that this will be a series with each book touching on a different sister because I appreciated how this book focused solely on Bridget and her mother. I’m hoping each future installment ...more
I really liked this book - a story of love, and loss, and of a family finally healing old wounds. The book opens up at a funeral, with Bridget not quite sure where to go next. She has been isolated from her family, and has lost her husband and the dreams that she had for her future. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she finds her way back to the bakery she practically grew up in, and back t ...more
Colleen, the matriarch, has demons of her own that leave her cold toward her children. When the long-lost daughter, Abbey, returns and says she is marrying a woman, how will Colleen deal with that? It goes against her beliefs and the church's beliefs.
Although this book was somewhat predictable, I enjoyed reading it and getting to know the members of the O'Bannon family. I was happy to see Bridget show some bac ...more
There are a few loose ends -- they don't take away from the story but leave you wanting more -- and leaves me hoping that there will be a sequel so we can find out what happened to the sisters a ...more
There were parts that I wasn’t sure about; primarily the h ...more
Look for her Sweet and Savory Romance series, inc ...more